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Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (68) / 9/4/1949
Ht / Wt:  5'9" / 175

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Life Member and two-time champion Tom Watson returns for his 43rd and final Masters and is paired the first two rounds with American Charley Hoffman and England's Lee Westwood. UPDATE: Watson posted rounds of 74-78 and at 8-over 152 will miss the cut.
This week marks the 66-year-old's 42nd consecutive Masters. His first was a missed cut as an amateur in 1970. He returned five years later as a pro and posted a T8 for his first of what would eventually be 15 tops 10s, highlighted by green jackets in 1977 and 1981. The Hall of Famer is also a three-time runner-up at Augusta National, including a playoff loss in 1979 to first-timer Fuzzy Zoeller. Overall, he won 39 PGA TOUR titles in 618 career events and finished second or third an additional 55 times. The Kansas City native -- elder statesman this week -- is an eight-time major champion and nearly won a ninth at the 2009 Open Championship at Turnberry, losing in a four-hole playoff to Stewart Cink at 59 years of age. Wed, Apr 6, 2016 05:32:00 PM

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The second round of The 144th Open Championship was suspended for darkness.

With a delay of three hours and 14 minutes this morning due to heavy rain and course recovery, the suspension was inevitable. There was some confusion as to how play would end, but the general consensus was that Hall of Famer Tom Watson would get his send-off on the 18th hole. In fact, he was the last to hole out -- for bogey, unfortunately, his fifth in a row and eight of the round en route to an 8-over-par 38-42=80 and a missed cut -- before they were done for the day at St. Andrews. Of course, this was Watson's final of 38 appearances at the season's third major where he's a five-time champion. Meanwhile, 42 golfers were stranded tonight. They'll return to the course at 7:00 a.m. local time.
Fri, Jul 17, 2015 05:51:00 PM

Five-time winner Tom Watson will again tee it up in this year's Open Championship at St. Andrews.

With the tournament returning to the Old Course, the American legend was granted a special exemption to extend his 40-year Open career through to 2015. Watson won on his debut at Carnoustie in 1975 and collected four of his five Open wins in Scotland. Famously, he almost added a sixth as a 59-year-old in 2009 but lost a playoff to Stewart Cink at Turnberry. In his seven Opens at St. Andrews, Watson's finishes read: 14-2-MC-31-55-41-MC. He came closest in 1984 when runner-up to Seve Ballesteros. The 65-year-old, who was T7 in the U.S. Senior Open last month, heads out on Thursday at 08:33 alongside Ernie Els and Brandt Snedeker.
Tue, Jul 14, 2015 07:38:00 AM

Tom Watson has withdrawn from this week's Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial.

Watson was exempt as the 1998 champ. It was the last of 39 PGA TOUR titles. He hasn't competed in the tournament since 2002. As an addition to the field, he will not be replaced. UPDATE: According to the Star-Telegram, Watson withdrew due to the death of mentor Stan Thirsk. The Hall of Famer will extend his condolences in person at the funeral.
Mon, May 18, 2015 12:57:00 PM

Tom Watson concluded the RBC Heritage with a 5-over-par 37-39=76 to post 3-over 287.

It was another near-magical week for the two-time champ at Harbour Town (1979, 1982). He survived the cut on the number with a birdie on his 36th hole, the par-4 18th. Watson then smoothed a five-birdie 69 in the third round, coming within four strokes of his age. However, despite landing the same number of greens in regulation today (10), he erased two birdies with five bogeys and a double. Watson missed only nine (of 56) fairways for the week. Incidentally, he wasn't even the oldest to cash in this tournament. Sam Snead turned that trick in 1978 when he was over one month older than Watson is currently.
Sun, Apr 19, 2015 01:30:00 PM

Tom Watson fashioned a 1-under-par 36-35=71 in his opening round of the 79th Masters.

The 65-year-old, two-time champion at Augusta National Golf Club is making his 42nd appearance in the tournament. He's made only two cuts since 1998 and this is just his second red number in his last 30 loops, but nothing he achieves should surprise us. Watson hit 11 greens in regulation and squared three bogeys, but he countered with four birdies. The set featured a hole-out from a bunker at the par-4 10th. He's only four swings adrift of the clubhouse lead.
Thu, Apr 9, 2015 01:03:00 PM

Tom Watson makes his annual pilgrimage to Augusta National Golf Club for the 79th Masters.

Watson has missed the cut in 15 of his last 17 attempts here but that doesn't stop him from trying. At this age it's more about the experience, and less about contending. Gamers should know this and avoid Watson in nearly all fantasy formats. The exception would be tiered pick 'em formats where Watson is paired with a similar set of golfers.
Tue, Apr 7, 2015 08:04:00 AM

Tom Watson thrilled the crowd at Hoylake with a final-round 4-under-par 33-35=68 in The Open Championship.

Proving he still has it, Watson circled five birdies and squared just one bogey on his final navigation of Royal Liverpool. Three of those birdies came on par 5s, including a closing two-putt birdie at the 18th. He finished the week at 1-over 289. It's been well documented that he was given a special exemption into the 2015 Open Championship at St. Andrews, and it's well within the realm of possibility that he could contend.
Sun, Jul 20, 2014 07:27:00 AM

With a pair of 1-over-par 73s on the board, Tom Watson will play on at The 143rd Open Championship.

He's 64 years of age, but the five-time winner of the season's third major should never be counted out in this tournament. While his score is largely inconsequential, for the record he's split 15 (of 28) fairways and hit just 23 greens in regulation. Watson has squared seven bogeys and a double, but he's manufactured seven birdies to survive the cut. He played his last eight holes today in bogey-free 1-under. This is his 37th start in the major dating back to his debut victory at Carnoustie in 1975.
Fri, Jul 18, 2014 01:23:00 PM

Tom Watson fashioned a 2-under-par 35-33=68 in his second round of The Greenbrier Classic to post 1-under 139 at the midpoint and survive the cut.

Nothing the 64-year-old Hall of Famer does should surprise anyone, especially at The Greenbrier Resort where he's the Golf Professional Emeritus. He went 4-for-5 in scrambling today and circled three birdies. Overall, he's hit 23 greens in regulation and traded five birdies with four bogeys. Watson had been riding an 0-for-4 skid in PGA TOUR events. His last payday was a T38 at The Old White TPC a year ago. Not that it matters much, but it's still fun nothing that he's seven strokes off the 36-hole clubhouse lead.
Fri, Jul 4, 2014 02:36:00 PM

Tom Watson will tee it up in The Greenbrier Classic for the fourth consecutive season.

Watson is the Golf Professional Emeritus at Greenbrier and a Hall of Famer. He's also made two of his three cuts, including a respectable T38 last year. Perhaps the biggest news for Watson was his invitation into the 2015 Open Championship at St. Andrews. He was exempt into the Open through this season following his P2 at Turnberry in 2009. While Watson has won the Claret Jug on five occasions, none of them have come at the Old Course.
Tue, Jul 1, 2014 09:58:00 PM

Tom Watson will drive down Magnolia Lane on a Thursday morning for the 41st time in his career this week at the Masters.

The U.S. Ryder Cup captain will get a rare glimpse at his pool of candidates this week. It's already been reported that he played a practice round with Jimmy Walker on Tuesday, and he is paired with Billy Horschel for the first two rounds. While Watson would love to make his 25th cut, there is much for him to glean just by being on the grounds and in the locker room.
Tue, Apr 8, 2014 09:05:00 PM

Tom Watson closed out a successful week at The Greenbrier Classic with a final-round 3-under-par 32-35=67.

Watson circled an impressive six birdies at The Old White TPC, giving back three bogeys in the process. Five of those birdies were from inside seven feet and the longest was from 10'8" on the par-4 ninth. What's amazing is that he only landed eight GIR, meaning he rolled it to a 1.25 putting average. After losing strokes with the flat stick relative to the field each of the first three rounds, he picked up more than three in the finale. His final tally was a 4-under 276.
Sun, Jul 7, 2013 12:13:00 PM

Tom Watson navigated The Old White TPC in 1-under-par 36-33=69 in the second round of The Greenbrier Classic and his 3-under 137 will be good enough for a weekend tee time.

While it probably wasn't necessary to secure the cut, lunch will taste a little better on the heels of his 24'4" birdie to end his round at the par-4 ninth. In all, he found four birdies to three bogeys, splitting 12 (of 14) fairways and landing 16 GIR in the process. Had the putter cooperated at all, he could be fighting for a top 10. He lost over a stroke to the field in strokes gained-putting.
Fri, Jul 5, 2013 01:00:00 PM

Tom Watson will make his third appearance in The Greenbrier Classic.

The former pro at Greenbrier missed the cut in 2011, then tied for 73rd last season due in part to a second-round 2-under-par 68. His schedule is evolving into a predictable pattern of playing The Open Championship and the Masters in addition to his return to The Old White TPC, while mixing in some Champions Tour starts in the middle.
Tue, Jul 2, 2013 10:06:00 PM